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2006 Chevrolet Aveo

rowinrowin Posts: 1
How do I access my shifter panel in order to see what is wrong with the shifter light? I can't tell what gear I am in at night.


  • I drive alot for my job, and have racked up 70k on my 2006 Chevy Aveo. My mechanical skills are about the same as a one armed blind monkey, meaning none. So, I listen to my Firestone guy, doing all the services that he recomends. I changed the timing belt at 66k. The car was idleing high afterwards, but I just thought it needed to run its course. A week later it starts misfiring and the check engine light pops on. I take it to Firestone, and that tell me that the Valve Cover gasket is bad and has forced oil into the sparkplugs. The replace it. I get new spark plugs and spark plug wires. The call me up and tell me now the ignition coil is bad. They replace that. Now, its still running high and seems to still be missing.
    There was no problem like this before I took it in for a new timing belt. Could they have messed up something that has caused all of this extra problems, and how can I make them responsible for it?
    Any advice would be great.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    Lets runs good until service work, which consists of timing belt change. Then, high idle speed.

    Logic would suggest that the belt was installed improperly, probably affecting the timing by being off a tooth or so on a pulley.

    By the way, a leaking valve cover gasket cannot cause oil to leak into the spark plugs. A leaking oil cover gasket will cause a loss of oil, and a real mess, but it will not cause oil leaks into the cylinders or internal engine parts. Is it possible that you mis-unerstood what he said?

    My suggestion, after so many repeat trips to the same guy, is to take it somewhere else for a 2nd opinion. Looks like these guys may have done enough by now to cover their tracks, and the list of "bad"items is likely to continue to grow as long as you continue to return there.

    By the way, if I remember correctly, many folks do have the water pump replaced on the Aveo at the same time they replace the timing belt, as a precaution against later water pump failure, but it isn't required, and it definately would NOT cause the issues you are having.

    Good Luck !!!
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I agree, it sounds like they screwed something up alright. Firestone's are usually pretty good but it probably depends on the management. I do most of my auto maintenance myself.
  • yupper1yupper1 Posts: 17
    You sure they did not tell your seals were bad, they could leak injto the cylinder had and valve causing them to go badl
  • sammer17sammer17 Posts: 5
    Ok this is my second or third post with 2006 Aveo car problems.

    Todays problem is I went to leave work put my key in, started my car & the damm thing would not shift out of park. So I turned my car off and my key wont come out. It will only go down to ACC position.

    In order to drive my car right now I have to use the shift release lock and to get the key out of the ignition I have to disconect the car battery.

    Im taking it in to the dealer tomorrow but just wondered if by chance anyone else has had this problem and if so what is it.

    Also anyone reading this who is even thinking of buying an Aveo DONT!!!!!!
  • sammer17sammer17 Posts: 5
    :lemon: For anyone who is having the same problem I had........its the Solenoid Switch which is located in the centre console. If by chance its not that one there is another Solenoid Switch (BTSI) located near/under the break peddle. If your break light aren't working then its this switch.

    Now the part cost about $47.00. My boyfriend fixed mine for me only took about an hour. Dealer was going to charge me about $560 to fix it.

    Hope this helps anyone whos having the same issue!
  • My check engine light came on and I went to a mechanic and they said nothing was wrong, but to check with a dealer about an EVAP code (can't remember the code). Asked the daler and they said it could be a loose gas cap, so I got a new one. The light went off for several months than came back on. Check the gas cap it seemed loose, tightened it then the light reset. Several months later it came back on, went off then now it is on again and won't go off. Got a new gas cap, nothing. And now I am having problems with acceleration, when I first drive the car it hesitates and seems to lose power, but once it gets going the car runs fine.

    Today it lost power and could not accelerate, stopped turned it back on and it ran smoothly, but the light is still on. It goes off but comes back when I accelerate to quickly. Could it be a problem with voltage, or the fuel filter. I have no idea when the fuel filter was changed, had the car two years and it is reaching 60,000 miles.

    Any advice would be appreciated, as I can't afford another mechanic over charging to tell me something is not wrong or fixing something I can fix myself.
  • ron1970ron1970 Posts: 26
    My 06' Aveo did the same thing. Pop your hood. Look down at the covering for your exhaust system. There is an oxygen sensor. Give it a "tap" with a small hammer. NOT A HARD TAP! This sensor gives the same code reading and will cause the same problem. I have done this two times in 60k miles. I am told the sensor "sticks" and tapping it will fix it.

    Good Luck. I hope it helps.

  • My wife got a Chevrolet Aveo 06 1.6 and I need to know if someone can tell me where the THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR located or a diagram I can use to remove this part. Car loss total power. :)
  • I agree the problem is in the park switch under the center console.

    The switches don't usually go bad but the tabs that hold them in usually snap off because they are cheap and chinsy. What it does is instead of staying in place it moves out of place when you put the vehicle in park. So instead of flipping the switch and telling it its in park. The switch housing slide instead of the switch and the car still thinks it's in gear.

    In other words if you can just find a way to secure the switch and keep it from moving you won't have to buy one.
  • I also had this problem a year ago and took it into the dealer and had it fixed. Now I'm having problems with getting my key out again and the shifter is's like something broke in there. If it gets in park just right then I can get my keys out...Anyone know what's going on here?
  • I had the exact same thing happen to me (among other issues with this Aveo). If I'm recalling correctly, it is the PCM. It's a control module that the dealer will have to change. It worked on my car, but months later, my check engine light came on again (with no indication that anything was wrong). So I went back to the dealer and they told me that the PCM wasn't programmed properly and they'll reprogram it. They also told me that I would have to pay them $100 for this. I said that's bull#%$@!!! I've had the car for less than 6 months and have been back to the dealer because of check engine lights coming on 4 or 5 times now! They ended up splitting the cost. $50. I could only imagine what it would have cost if I didn't have extended warrenty. I have a feeling they still didn't program it right, though. While I'm coasting at about 50-60km, my RPM suddenly drops and goes back up. Sometimes it's the other way around. Spikes up and then drops. Very frustrating. It sure doesn't make me feel secure in my vehicle. The whole reason I bought this car was for the safety rating and gas mileage. LOL Chevy screwed me on both of those. I only get 18mpg. Pathetic!!!!!!!
  • ts21ts21 Posts: 2
    Hi there-

    The temperature gauge stopped moving on my 2006 Aveo, and the heat has stopped working as well...I checked the coolant level and it looks fine, no sign of a leak anywhere....engine isn't overheating. Anyone have any ideas for what might cause this or where to start looking?
  • cindy54cindy54 Posts: 4
    Funny my 2005 Aveo started something kinda similar this winter. I'd notice the heat was blowing ice cold. Look at the gauge, it had either dropped, or was literally moving up & down. Fluid level was normal, however one time it was low. Which was kinda odd, no leak could be found, and it wasn't on the ground, or in the oil. This happened several times this year and just started this year. :confuse:
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hello Cindy,
    I am from GM Customer Service. Have you had a service tech look at the vehicle and diagnose the problem? Can you please email me more information about your situation so I can look into the concern further? You can get my email by clicking on my name. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • ron1970ron1970 Posts: 26
    I have the same problem about once a year. Check the coolant every time you drive over 80 mph and when the temp is over 85 degrees outside. Some aveos seem to "pump" out coolant when the temp is hot out and you drive fast. The coolant reservoir is small and the system is designed in an odd way. I add coolant about once a year and I'm good to go.
  • I also agree and have gone so far as to repair the vehicle free. Once the Park switch is accessed you will note a small slot in the area it mounts into. Simply acquire the correct size wood screw to catch in this slot entering from the bottom. Get it started enough to allow insertion of the switch and then drive the screw up into the switch holding it in position. The shifter should be out of PARK during this evolution. Once snugged up test its functionality and adjust further if needed. This worked on the first try for me! Also do not forget that there is a slot at the top of the shifter area into which a key may be pressed allowing one to remove the vehicle from park. A small plastic cover must first be removed. This fix even repaired that issue for me.
  • ktbear21ktbear21 Posts: 2
    I just bought my 2006 Chevy Aveo, automatic with 97,000 miles on it. My boyfriend changed the oil on it for the first time since we got it today, and when he was finished, he was checking the oil level on the dipstick, however it said it was appx 2 quarts over full. So he tried to drain the 'extra' oil that the dipstick said we had, however, no oil was coming out. We tried to start the engine, and the car starts, but it started spraying oil out through the dipstick. There is excess oil in the engine, you can see it when you take the oil fill cap off, and there's a ton of smoke coming from the exhust.

    Now, here's where the real fun begins..... my car will not engage when I put it in drive. It actually will start to roll backwards when you let off of the gas. Now I know I don't know a whole lot about cars, but I do know that the drivetrain should hold the car on level ground.

    Any help with this would be appreciated. I know that I'm going to have to take it in for service, but I'm just trying to see what the magnitude of this is before I have someone try to take me.
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